Horror Film Discussion– Not Easy

This is a student review of a discussion in class we had about popular horror movies.

Recently in Journalism 5 the first of a two-part presentation was given on the history of horror movies. This article is intended to give feedback regarding the presentation’s content and the effectiveness of its delivery. The point of the presentation seemed to be to teach the audience several things about: the evolution of horror films in relation to the media and their impact on our culture.

What was presented, however, was not well organized or thorough. Instead, it contained six seemingly random YouTube clips from the presenters’ favorite horror films. Each clip was approximately 2-3 minutes long, and contained either the creepiest or most gruesome parts the presenters could find. While the clips successfully made much of the audience uneasy, even provoking a few people to leave the classroom, it failed to establish any relevant point other than what most people already know; these movies are disturbing.

If you are not a fan of horror films to begin with, like me, and find yourself subjected to these kinds of presentations, you have to wonder what was the point of the presentation? If its objective was teach something, it failed, because I can say that I walked out of class with the same knowledge about scary movies that I had before. This was a disappointment because as a culture, we already know that these films are gruesome and creepy so what was the value of spending almost the whole class watching long clips of people being torn apart or anticipating suspenseful moments.

In the beginning, I was expecting a cohesive PowerPoint presentation, that had some clips of a few scenes containing evidence of not only the evolution of horror films, but the other previously mentioned key points of media involvement and cultural impact.  Instead, I found it a waste of time, even walking out class early for the first time as the last few clips from some “slasher” film were about to be played.

It is obvious there are a fair number of people who enjoy horror films and even consider these movies to be an amusing source of entertainment. But there are many people who do not.  Additionally, I felt that three minutes was far too much time to spend on each clip, especially when there was no attention paid to any educational points.

A very important thing about giving a presentation is that you need to know your audience. One also needs to be able to speak clearly while presenting their main points, and not let images take control of the presentation.  It’s surprising how distracting clips can be. Speaking from past experience as a former student in a public speech class, I can say this presentation did not deliver any of the points it initially set out prove. I found no educational value in this presentation and would suggest for any future presentations that there should be more organization and content in order to educate/inform the audience.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.